Starting Wednesday, March 18 and for the remainder of the Winter term, Carleton courses will be delivered online and by other alternative modes of delivery. Specific methods and approaches will vary across programs and courses.

Processes and procedures for Winter 2020 final exams have been made available. A memo was sent to all course instructors. Please review the full guide for details. Inquiries about final exam arrangements can be directed to onlineexams@carleton.ca 

Continue reading for an overview of approaches and tools to keep on teaching. A list of resources is included at the bottom of this page.

As faculty members are shifting to online teaching, we strongly encourage you to take a pragmatic approach. Keeping your approach simple will be easier and allow flexibility for both you and your students. You do not need to meet as a class at your regularly scheduled time. Allow students to access course content and activities at their own pace by posting your materials in cuLearn or even emailing them directly.

Be mindful that your students are also dealing with a great deal of disruption in their lives and learning. Simple solutions, flexibility, and regular communication will help everyone to manage priorities in our current situation.

Consider the easier solutions first:

  • Use cuLearn to post readings and materials with instructions for students. Be mindful of copyright guidelines when posting materials online. Library Reserves has help and resources available.
  • Add an interactive element, such as the discussion forum inside of cuLearn with some guiding questions.
  • Consider hosting media from youtube or other online sources and place the links inside of cuLearn.
  • Communicate with your students via email with links, materials, directions in your email, if you are not comfortable with cuLearn. Regular communication is critical to online learning.
  • Try Kaltura Personal Capture to record short lecture components on key concepts/topics. Personal Capture is a screen recording tool that can be used to create videos without specialized equipment. With Personal Capture, you can capture desktop content, including recordings, synchronized with PowerPoint presentations. The Kaltura solution also works on tablet computers, where instructors can write equations or draw diagrams with a stylus.
  • Explore BigBlueButton (BBB) for small group, real-time, web conferencing. BBB allows instructors, TAs, and students to meet online, and share slides, a collaborative white board, and text chat. Sessions can be recorded for students who are not able to attend.
  • Teaching and Learning Services has a number of Zoom licenses to be used when our regular tools will not meet your specific requirements. Zoom is a tool that works best in small seminar class situations (2 – 20 students) where there is an expectation to have high levels of conversation and discussion. We do not recommend that you use it to lecture at this time. Many schools have shifted to online delivery all at once, causing some reported degradation in connection quality.While Zoom is a simple tool to use, it also requires you be able to moderate discussion and for students to have a good internet connection and be familiar with online meeting etiquette. If you would like to use Zoom, please email edtech@carleton.ca.

To request help, faculty and instructors should email tls@carleton.ca. Include the course and section information and briefly describe the problem that needs to be solved. The team will respond and suggest various options and support opportunities. We have deployed staff from around the university to help with consultations and inquiries.

Please note: Email is the preferred method for all inquiries. Our capacity to support face-to-face appointments and walk-in consultations is extremely limited at this time. Information about additional supports and training will continue to become available. We appreciate your patience and are here to help.

We have the following guides and resources available: